Thursday, January 21, 2010

Solar Dehydrators

So how has man preserved food for thousands of years? Native Americans used to hang strips of meat on sticks to dry in the sun. Solar dryers are a wonderful way to preserve your meat, berries, herbs, and vegetables. Currently we have an electric dryer that has a very small capacity and it takes a long time to dry food (several days). For the most part, we have stuck to fruit, tomatoes and peppers for drying, but this summer I plan on building a large capacity solar dehydrator that hopefully will be able to preserve vegetables and jerky as well. The link below is to an article on what I think is the best dehydrator I have seen so far. It costs a couple hundred dollars to build, should last years and is totally free to operate.

I will let you know how construction of this goes later this Spring.

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